Tendonitis is characterized by the inflammation or irritation of a tendon in your foot. Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. Tendonitis is a common cause of foot pain and typically develops due to overuse or an injury. Sometimes, foot conditions, such as flat feet, can also contribute. Tendonitis can develop in any tendon located in the foot.
Symptoms: The symptoms associated with tendonitis can vary according to which tendon is affected. The most common symptoms include swelling, stiffness, inflammation, and pain. The pain can be burning or sharp and may spread and worsen throughout the day. You might also notice a soft lump form over the affected tendon.
Non-Surgical Treatments: Recovery from tendonitis can take two to three months. The first step involves reducing pain and swelling through the R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) by allowing the foot to heal.
If an underlying condition, like flat feet, is causing tendonitis, that will need to be corrected first in order to fully heal.